A thought of performance

Published in the Performance Philosophy online journal, Vol. 2, No 2 (2017).


In this article I attempt to trace the path of my artistic research, which began from the application of schizoanalysis in performance and which now explores the possible limits of thought in order to regard how performance thinks in specifically different ways from discursive forms of thought, such as philosophy. The main argument starts from the notion – borrowed from French thinker, François Laruelle – that philosophical thought does not tell us more about the Real than any other gestures of thought. I begin from a speculative relationship between the apparatus of cognitive capitalism. I conclude by superpositioning the post-humanist thought of Laruelle and Karen Barad with the concept of ‘non-standard’ performance as fictioning. As a whole, the article aims to propose a performative approach to artistic research in these terms.

Performance Artist’s Workbook – Call for exercises

There are not too many books about teaching performance art – some people may even say performance art can’t be taught. We believe performance art can be taught, at least by encouraging people to practice. For this reason, we are working on a book project entitled The Performance Artist’s Workbook which focuses on performance art practice via exercises. The aim is to collect 100 performance art exercises from 100 artists. Would you like to take part in this?

There will be two parts to the book; the first includes a few longer articles about teaching performance art. The second part consists of 100 performance art exercises. The book is done in collaboration with Live Art and Performance Studies (Theatre Academy of Uniarts Helsinki) and the New Performance Turku festival. It will be published by Uniarts Helsinki. The book is part of the artistic research project How To Do Things with Performance and is edited by Pilvi Porkola. The book will be published also as an open access version.

If you would like to join, please

  1. Write down one performance art exercise. If you like you can also add a few thoughts about teaching performance art (optional).     Altogether the text should be max 350 words.
  1. Write a short bio of yourself (max 3 sentences).
  2. NOTE, this is important:  The publisher expects contracts so we cannot accept any texts without contracts. Please write to paworkbook@gmail.com and the contract will be send to you.
  3. Please send your text and the filled contract to paworkbook@gmail.com

The deadline is 15th February 2017.

Unfortunately we are not able to pay for your text, but your name will be mentioned in the book and you will receive a copy.

Please don’t hesitate to ask if you have any questions.

We hope to hear from you!

Kirjastoesseet – lisäesitykset

Pilvi Porkola: Kirjastoesseet, osa 1. “Norsut piirretään usein luonnollista kokoaan pienempinä”

Maunulan vanhassa kirjastossa, Suursuonlaita 6

ke 11.1. ja to 12.1.2017 klo 18-19.30

Ks tarkemmat tapahtumatiedot http://www.uniarts.fi/tapahtumat/01122016-0952/pilvi-porkola-kirjastoesseet-osa-1

Mikäli et pääse paikalle voit myös kuunnella esseen täältä: https://soundcloud.com/user-414549664/kirjastoessee-versio-3